Interesting article in the local paper this morning about a new school program coordinated by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League: Fuel Up to Play 60. Through health fairs and workshops, students learn about the benefits of healthy eating and being active, and then earn points/prizes for themselves and their schools by tracking their progress. For added fun and to bring out the old school spirit, students can check out their school’s ranking against other schools via an online scoreboard.
I like this program. It provides an opportunity for students who might not have the healthiest pantries at home to learn about more nutritious foods and helps them build good exercise habits at an early age. I also like that the emphasis seems to be on what they do, not how they look.
This article brought back memories of my own school days. I played basketball, volleyball, and softball (none of them well), and although I was slightly overweight, I was fairly fit. (What I wasn’t was “skinny”, and from that, a 1000 diets were born.) My high school system only required one year of Physical Education, and then you were on your own. I went to the mall and hung out at Dairy Queen. This morning, I’m wondering if I would have joined in a program like “Fuel Up” if I’d had the option.
Probably, if the cute boys were there.
What about you? Were you physically active during your school years? Would a program like this encouraged you to be more active?